Inspiring Latina

Alyssa Vera Ramos
Inspiring Young Latina: Alyssa Vera Ramos
By Sugey Palomares | 06/26/2012 - 16:00

Alyssa Vera Ramos is the inspiring Latina of the week for her strong passion for theater and teaching. The Chicago native and Northwestern University graduate is a facilitator for the non-profit organization, For Youth Inquiry, a performing health collective, which helps inspire and educate inner-city teens. We got a chance to chat with Alyssa about her community work and love for the arts. Check it out below!

What inspired you to pursue a career in the drama arts?

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Lydia Villa Komaroff, Molecular Biologist, Dove Movement for Self-Esteem
Inspiring Latina: Lydia Villa-Komaroff
By Sugey Palomares | 06/19/2012 - 15:41

Molecular biologist, Lydia Villa-Komaroff is this week’s inspiring Latina for her strong dedication to the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem campaign, which empowers women to be confident and let their inner beauty shine. The Mexican American scientist began her college education at the University of Washington in Seattle and later transferred to Goucher College in Maryland.

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Felicia Alcaraz
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Felicia Alcaraz
By Sugey Palomares | 05/30/2012 - 16:00

Felicia Alcaraz is a Latina who honors her roots and makes us proud with her dedication to raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The California native works as a Continuity Director for Clear Channel’s 99.1 KGGI-FM and won the 2012 Inland Empire Woman of the Year for her work with LLS. Felicia is currently working on her Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy, which she hopes to earn by 2013.

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Marcela Capetillo
Inspiring Latina of The Week: Marcela Capetillo
By Sugey Palomares | 05/22/2012 - 13:08


Marcela Capetillo emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico City just two years ago and has already made a name for herself as an entrepreneur in Texas. The former lawyer is dedicated to her new Tasti D-Lite business as much as her family. Capetillo also gives back to her community and advocates for children with special needs. Her hope is that her daughter who has Down's syndrome can grow up in a world that's kinder to people with disabilities. Read more about her story below and get inspired:

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Luma Marcaccio
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Luma Marcaccio
By Sugey Palomares | 05/16/2012 - 16:00

Luma Marcaccio is dedicated to helping the elderly community and has her abuela to thank for the inspiration. The Venezuelan civil engineer turned businesswoman, launched ComForcare, a private-duty, non-medical home care for senior citizens (and others in need of assistance), in the Boston area last November. Her desire to help others and give back to her community makes her this week's inspiring Latina. Check out what she has to say about her journey below:

What inspired you to open ComForCare?

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Writer Zoraida Cordova
Inspiring Young Latina: Zoraida Córdova
By Sugey Palomares | 05/09/2012 - 11:18

Zoraida Córdova is the author of the fantasy fiction young adult book series, The Vicious Deep. The Ecuadorian writer takes readers on a journey into a mystical world, where a lifeguard-turned-merman is fighting for his life and searching for his true self. Córdova’s love for her homeland and childhood acculturation greatly inspired her first novel, which is already getting praise as one of the best summer reads for teens since its release earlier this month.

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Yeidy Angelucci
Inspiring Young Latina: Yeidy Angelucci
By Sugey Palomares | 04/16/2012 - 13:22

Real estate agent and entrepreneur, Yeidy Angelucci, is a force to be reckoned with. The Puerto Rican mother and business owner jumpstarted her own Rapid Realty franchise in Brooklyn, NY last year, and is celebrating continued success and it's no wonder why. The 31-year-old is one of the best closing agents in the history of the company - with a record of over 90 deals in a month!

We got to chat with Angelucci about how she worked her way to the top and what she does to give back to her community. Learn more about her inspirational story below.

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Fuse VJ Dee Vasquez
Inspiring Young Latina: Dee Vazquez Empowers Women on The Move
By Sugey Palomares | 03/27/2012 - 16:42

Puerto Rican and Dominican host, Dee Vazquez dominates the airwaves. The 28-year-old host can be seen on FUSE's The Chronicles, or heard on HOT 97 and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. She is not only a TV and radio personality, she is a producer, journalist and, above all, a humanitarian.

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Inspiring Young Latina of the Week: Kathy Rodriguez
Inspiring Young Latina of the Week: Kathy Rodriguez
By Jill Pankow | 03/12/2012 - 11:35

Columbia University researcher Kathy Rodriguez is helping families of young people diagnosed with cancer cope during their time of stress and uncertainty. This University of Florida graduate is using her interest in medicine, knowledge of language and passion for people to better her community. In the future she hopes to attend medical school, but at this point in time we are impressed with the work she is already doing to make the lives of those around her less painful.

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Inspiring Young Latina of the Week: Joleen Rivera
Inspiring Young Latina of the Week: Joleen Rivera
By Jill Pankow | 03/05/2012 - 10:49

University of Wisconsin law student Joleen Rivera has already put her vast knowledge and infinite passion to good use by aiding the U.S. Latino population. When she completes her degree this year, she plans on leaving a long-lasting legacy for her community. The Puerto Rican academic is dedicated to challenging existing laws that hinder the progress of Latinos in this country. As a result of her commitment to social justice, Rivera is this week’s inspiring young Latina!

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